Perfect spot to relax
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
A lovingly refurbished showman's carriage
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Tastefully decorated
View towards the carriage
View from the property
Towards the quirky accommodation
Enjoy the view of the orchards
The Hub - onsite cafe
The Hub - onsite cafe
Steam train nearby
1 / 16  Perfect spot to relax
2 / 16  Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
3 / 16  A lovingly refurbished showman's carriage
4 / 16  Kitchen
5 / 16  Dining area leading onto veranda
6 / 16  Double bedroom
7 / 16  Quirky features
8 / 16  Shower room
9 / 16  Tastefully decorated
10 / 16  View towards the carriage
11 / 16  View from the property
12 / 16  Towards the quirky accommodation
13 / 16  Enjoy the view of the orchards
14 / 16  The Hub - onsite cafe
15 / 16  The Hub - onsite cafe
16 / 16  Steam train nearby

The Sir Paul Gooderham

Bodiam, Sussex
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Working farm
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Showman’s carriage in stunning rural location
  • Woodburner effect gas fire for cosy evenings in
  • Views across to National Trust’s Bodiam Castle
  • Within walking distance of the local pub
  • Decorated in a vintage style with etched windows and oak walls
  • Large decked area for al fresco dining
Property code: BT097

This lovingly refurbished showman’s carriage presents quirky accommodation in a stunning countryside setting, perfect for celebrating a special occasion with a loved one or a romantic getaway for two.

This beautifully restored showman’s carriage is situated in close proximity to Bodiam Castle, with its imposing walls, wooden portcullis and surrounding moat, as well as extensive gardens. This really is a very special place to stay and is just a few minutes from one of the vintage steam trains which run the approximately ten-mile journey through the Sussex and Kent countryside. Hop on board and take a trip to the small town of Tenterden where you will find an array of shops as well as a brewery and a winery. There is also a lovely pub within a fifteen-minute walk of the property, where you can enjoy a pint or glass of wine.

This lovingly renovated showman’s carriage has retained many of its original features, including the etched windows, oak interior and hand-painted bed, but there are many modern creature comforts to enjoy as well. The cosy lounge area is open plan and features a woodburner effect gas fire, sofa, small dining table and even a TV. The kitchen area is well equipped with a microwave, hob, fridge and sink, whilst at the opposite end of the carriage you can find the romantic bedroom with double bed and second TV. Beyond the bedroom, a door leads to the “snug” which has a second gas stove. In winter enjoy cosying up around the fire and in the summer, throw open the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the panoramic views of Bodiam Castle whilst basking in the sun. Continue through the carriage to the “Moulin Rouge” shower room, which has a light and airy feel to it.

The outside of the property comprises a secluded covered veranda, garden furniture and views to the castle and across the valley. There is parking available.


Dogs fees are charged per dog at £20.00 for up to 7 nights, £40.00 for up to 14 nights and an additional £20.00 for every week or part week thereafter.

  • One double bedroom
  • One dog welcome
  • Parking available
  • Woodburner
  • TV and iPod dock
  • BBQ and garden furniture
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Regret no smoking
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Babes in arms welcome - please note limited space for travel cot
  • Arrival time 3pm
  • Wi-Fi available at on-site café/farm shop
  • Washing machine available in separate building

This property is personally managed by Julie.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 12 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Leslie 29th June 2018

John (the owner) brilliant. If you want a quiet, relaxing break then go for it. We would go back again.

Reviewed by Sheila 22nd June 2018

Comfortable 'Showmans carriage' ideal for two. Peace and tranquillity. Small hob, microwave but no oven. Good shower room with sink and toilet and cosy gowns provided. Lovely sun lounge with views over orchards to Bodium castle. NT properties in plenty nearby and good pubs.

Reviewed by Tim 8th June 2018

The cottage is much bigger than it looks in the photographs. There is nothing negative obout it. The bathroom is perfect with a walk in shower. Wonderful views from the veranda and sun room. Nice walks with good local pubs.

Reviewed by Peter 11th May 2018

The location is wonderful. Peace and relaxation, close to plenty of great days out. The cottage and hosts were above expectation. Fantastic holiday.

Reviewed by Tesia 20th October 2017

We had a very comfortable and relaxing stay. Our first view from our veranda in the morning was an orchard of red apples with the castle in the distance. John was the perfect host and went out of his way helping us choose pubs and walks to compliment our visit. The friendly staff at The Hub (a 2min walk) cooked delicious breakfasts and lunches (heaRead morerty pasties and salads) with a mouthwatering selection of cakes. We had a great time. Hide

Reviewed by Andrea 12th October 2017

My parents loved their stay in the Sir Paul Gooderham carriage and were very well looked after. The carriage itself was comfortable and quirky, with lovely etched glass windows. Wonderful views across the apple orchards to Bodiam Castle. Good walks nearby to the castle, river, steam train, pub .. and a great cafe, the Hub, also on the farm, where tRead morehey commented that the food was great and very friendly service. Thank you for making their stay so enjoyable! Hide

Reviewed by Sue 13th August 2017

We enjoyed our holiday in this quirky property. Very peaceful with an amazing view over to the castle. Fabulous dog walking country from the door. Good food pubs locally. Lovely hot shower and comfortable bed.

Reviewed by Simon 4th August 2017

The location was great, the accomadation was excellent and John was an excellent host, we took our two small dogs who loved it. We had a relaxing time, John recommended some excellent restaurants and the coast was within easy reach. We would have gone back this weekend but he was fully booked !

Reviewed by Richard 28th July 2017

Great views, nice country walks with our dog. Very pleasant local cafe and pubs.

Reviewed by The Clemens Family 25th June 2015

We had a great time. Everything was as described. The owner John was a great help and a lovely man. Difficult to improve on anything without spoiling the charm of the place. I would go back tomorrow and recommend to all. The contribution of Bramley & Teal kept it all simple and I have no complaints.

Reviewed by The Winslet Family 14th April 2015

On arrival we were directed to our residence by a call from John. Basket of welcome treats was a lovely gesture. The accommodation was compact yet perfectly equipped with most things we required. The location was idyllic. John was very welcoming and informative. Our short stay was just what we needed and we would definitely stay again. Didn't want Read moreto leave! Hide

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Perfect spot to relax
Cosy up in front of the woodburner effect fire
A lovingly refurbished showman's carriage
Dining area leading onto veranda
Double bedroom
Quirky features
Shower room
Tastefully decorated
View towards the carriage
View from the property
Show 4 moreTowards the quirky accommodation


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